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Playing Footsie: The Bathtime Challenge

If you’re like me, getting a pedicure is definitely a once-in-a-while occasion. And even though my bathroom cabinets are chock-full of top pumices, creams, and other nail doodad, I have never been able to get soft, non-cracked heels. So I decided for my last installment of The Bathtime Challenge, I’d put my handy-dandy AHAVA salts to the test and see if they could help me recreate a spa pedi at home.

Using AHAVA’s Honey Herbal bath salts, I took a large pot (yes, a cooking pot), filled it with water, and placed it on the stove to warm. While the water was heating, I then re-created the olive oil scrub from Day 2 in preparation. Once the scrub and water were ready to go, I sat myself in front of the television (my usual place to unwind), poured in a cap full of salt, and dunked my feet in the pot. (Tip: fill the water just high enough so your lower shin is submerged.) Then, I took my scrub and lightly exfoliated, concentrating on my heels since the skin on the top part of my feet is very sensitive. I decided to soak my feet for 10-15 minutes post-scrub until the water turned luke warm. Since your feet will be covered in a slick, oily film from the olive oil mixture, the last step is to wipe them clean using a damp wash cloth. 

Now that you’ve got perfectly prepped feet, the logical next step is slapping on a fun where’s-spring hue. My current favorite: Deborah Lippmann’s sassy My Old Flame.

—Alta

For pedicure-perfect feet, make your own scrub with AHAVA’s Mandarin-Cedarwood bath salts. Then you can polish your pretty tootsies with Deborah Lippmann’s My Old Flame polish. 

Face A-Salt:The Bathtime Challenge

Last night, The Bathtime Challenge actually took me out of the bath. We always hear about how great bath salts are for the skin, but that usually means our arms and legs. What about using bath salts as a skincare remedy for your face? Odd or beneficial?

I put this question to the test by drawing what’s called a facial bath. Essentially it’s a bath, but in your sink. Using very warm to hot water, I filled my sink and poured a cap full of the AHAVA Bath Salts into the pool. I then took a clean wash cloth and soaked it in the facial bath for two minutes, giving it ample time to really absorb the salty water. Finally, I rung out the wash cloth (be careful, this can be very hot) and pressed it against my skin. Taking deep breaths in, I continued to press the cloth against my skin and avoided any type of rubbing. 

You might find this method a little offbeat, but the results are truly fantastic. Not only does this help you relax (the aromatic salts have a calming effect), but my skin immediately looked more glowy and fresh. I’m telling everyone I know to incorporate this bath-salt-facial compress into his/her nightly skincare routine a couple times a week, especially if they’re looking to relieve themselves of any all-around stress.

Alta

Our favorite AHAVA bath salts are the Mandarin-Cedarwood variety, which you can buy in the Birchbox Shop

Scrub A Dub Dub: The Bathtime Challenge

Bath salts are more versatile than you’d think. Last night, as part of the Bathtime Challenge, I decided to turn AHAVA’s mineral salts into a scrub and see how they act as an exfoliator. Using olive oil as the base (you don’t need very much), I sprinkled in some salt and layered the mixture on my arms and legs. With a little gentle scrubbing, the salts eventually dissolved into a slick layer of scented oil. Using a wash cloth, I then wiped everything off and did a quick rinse.

The result? Polished, silky smooth skin! But be careful. I can’t emphasize enough that your scrubbing should be very light. If you’re too aggressive, you could scratch your skin, which would lead to stinging because well…it’s salt! While I did the scrub in the bath, you could certainly apply the same method in the shower—although I am partial to the bath, of course.

—Alta

Post bath or shower, we recommend using AHAVA’s Mineral Body Lotion to really make your skin super-soft.